Dr. Dennis Thompson Named Dean of the SWOSU College of Pharmacy

Dr. Dennis Thompson 

Dr. Dennis F. Thompson has been named Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. 

Dr. Thompson has been on the faculty of the SWOSU College of Pharmacy since 1992, serving as the assistant dean for clinical programs, associate dean for clinical programs and most recently, since March 2011, as the interim dean. 

SWOSU Provost Dr. Blake Sonobe said the university conducted an extensive national search where applications were received from a number of outstanding, highly qualified candidates. Dr. Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.

Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Ohio State University and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina. Upon completion of his doctorate, he completed an Advanced Residency in Drug Information at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. 

Prior to his employment at SWOSU, he was on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy and the Department of Pharmacy Services, and at the Oklahoma Teaching Hospitals, where he served as the clinical coordinator of pharmacy services, the assistant director of pharmacy services and the interim director of pharmacy services.

Dr. Thompson’s clinical and research interests have focused on drug information practice, clinical toxicology, and the application of bibliometric methods to academic pharmacy. He has published over 100 scientific and professional papers, 43 abstracts, and over 100 Drugdex consults. His combined service and grant funding have totaled over $4 million. Thompson has served as the editor for five journals and is currently a referee for 11 journals.

Among his honors include being named an Academic Leadership Fellow by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 2005, a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in 1995, a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist in 1995, Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Oklahoma Society of Hospital Pharmacists in 1991 and the ICI Pharmaceuticals Exchange Fellow where he served the fellowship at the Leeds General Infirmary and Yorkshire Regional Drug Information Center in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England in 1991. 

In 2010, he was chosen as the 2010‐2011 Brodie Scholar‐in‐Residence. The Donald C. Brodie Scholar‐in‐Residence program is designed to provide a focused opportunity for a faculty member within a school of pharmacy to develop, research and analyze public policy on an issue directly related to pharmaceutical education or the pharmacy profession. Thompson’s work during his time as the Brodie scholar was directed at continuing his research into indices available for assessing faculty scholarship. Dr. Thompson’s work expands on methods designed to analyze and quantify a faculty member’s impact and standing in a discipline. The program was sponsored and supported by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.  He completed his work at the AACP headquarters in Washington, DC.

Thompson has been married to his wife Dail for 30 years. They have two daughters, Britni, an airline pilot, and Chelsea, a professional harpist.